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14 August 2010, 12:00

The H Week - Oracle vs Google, Microsoft's patch record

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In the week just past, Oracle sued Google, CouchDB lost data, Microsoft broke records for patches in a month and Apple sealed up the vulnerability used for jailbreaking iPhones.


This week, The H featured "The saga of Git" as Glyn Moody looked at Linus Torvald's second ecosystem, the Kernel Log detailed the start of development of Linux 2.3.6 with the latest news from Linus Torvald's first ecosystem and Dj Walker-Morgan looked to the organic food movement asking; could it inspire a model for open source in the future?

Open Source

The major news this week was Oracle suing Google over Android. Oracle also announced its plans for Solaris, but said little about OpenSolaris. CouchDB was found to have a major data loss bug, Microsoft is down to one man in its IronRuby development team and Canonical explained what the new census package, recently appeared in repositories, actually did. Firefox 4 will follow Chrome in silent updating, the Linux Foundation launched a industry supported licence compliance program, Actuate BIRT came top in a comparison of open source Business Intelligence and a Canonical developer released a testing tool for PC firmware. Meanwhile there were betas for Firefox 4, adding multi-touch, Chrome 6, adding auto-fill and OpenOffice 3.3. KDE SC 4.5 and Puppy Linux 5.1 were released, Oracle updated VirtualBox and Couchio showed a preview of CouchDB on Android.

Open Source Releases


Microsoft closed 35 holes in August, Adobe closed critical holes in Flash and a vulnerability was found in OpenSSL 1.0.0. Apple closed the iPhone jailbreakme vulnerability and the jailbreak community created their own patch for the same holes. The first SMS trojan on Android devices was detected, numerous VxWorks based devices could be vulnerable to password flaws and botnets were found attacking SSH servers. Opinions differed on the severity of a new Windows bug, security experts found out how to make Microsoft's LNK patch work on XP SP2, despite contrary reports Macs were found not to be part of a recently discovered Zeus botnet and researchers found that wireless tyre pressure sensors could be used for identifying vehicles.

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